National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January resulted in one of the largest months for community initiatives, and that effort continued into February. Not only have community initiative efforts increased, but in a three-day statewide crackdown on human trafficking in California, more than 500 arrests were made and over 50 victims were rescued. Just as this form of modern-day slavery continues to grow, so must the efforts to combat it.
In the United States, in February 2018, there were 626 individuals arrested, suspected, or charged with human trafficking activities, as well as 97 victims rescued, including 13 children under the age of 18. There were 20 new laws passed and 72 community initiatives.
Internationally, there were 88 individuals arrested, suspected, or charged with human trafficking activity, as well as 383 victims rescued. There was one new law passed and 21 community initiatives.
Many major sporting events occured in February, and it is important to note that this on-going epidemic gravitates toward these large events as it presents human traffickers an opportunity to expand upon their activities. At the Super Bowl alone, law enforcement increased its presence to help spot human trafficking and 36 individuals were arrested during the week leading up to the event. I challenge all of my Facebook friends to have an honest and open discussion about human trafficking and how we can become more unified to combat this modern-day slavery.
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